Conversation about the 84th Texas Legislature

The Texas Legislature meets every other year. This month the 84th Texas legislative session will start Tuesday and will be in session for 140 days, unless a special session is called by the governor to extend the session.

Ed Brooke doesn’t get his due

Sandwiched between the deaths of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and popular ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, the passing of former Massachusetts Sen. Edward W. Brooke III at the age of 95 did not get nearly the attention it deserved.

Selma is more than just another movie

The movie Selma, which debuted on Christmas Day, is an eerily timely film detailing a history not taught in American schools on a regular basis. There’s the obvious truth we already knew: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is in another ...

Tow Mike Ditka, Charles Barkley into the 21st Century

In the middle of an American turmoil between the police force and African American men, what I would like in 2014 is more social awareness, logic and sensitivity from the Mike Ditkas and Charles Barkleys of the world.

Reform, accountability: This is why we still march

“It’s just so overwhelming to see all who have come to stand with us. Look at the masses – Black, White, all races, all religions … We need to stand like this at all times.” – Gwen Carr, mother of ...

The most important Christmas gifts

It’s not surprising that during the Christmas holiday, songs like I’ll be Home for Christmas and Blue Christmas have been popular for generations. This year, All I Want for Christmas Is You is No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 ...

Progress for babies, toddlers and preschoolers

On Dec. 10, President Obama hosted a White House Summit on Early Education, bringing together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, child advocacy, and elected leaders and other key stakeholders. It was a welcomed chance to celebrate progress in ...

Giving athletes guidance and a helping hand

Recently, I had a chance to be a representative of the National Alliance of African American Athletes to the Florida State-Georgia Tech ACC Championship football game in Charlotte, North Carolina, featuring last year’s Heisman Trophy winner and championship quarterback, “Famous” ...

The White majority’s racial world of fantasy

Now, in the season that’s supposed to exalt goodwill toward all, comes fresh evidence of the important role the White majority’s unwillingness to consider Black Americans as their counterparts across the color line plays in maintaining the racial divide.

Eric Garner was killed by New York tax collectors

Some of the greatest people in my life are Black men.

Eric Garner was killed by New York tax collectors

Some of the greatest people in my life are Black men.

Let’s have a real conversation about race in the United States

After thousands recently took to the streets in protest and outrage following a Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict a White police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed Black teenager, we are faced with the reality that a New ...

Americans take to the street to protest police killings

On Saturday, thousands of Americans across the country registered their objection to police officers not being held accountable after killing unarmed citizens, many of them Black, by mounting massive demonstrations and rallies, the main one held here in the nation’s ...

Where do we go from here?

A couple of weeks ago the Dallas Branch of the NAACP sponsored their annual Freedom Fund event – which this year was “Pre Thanksgiving Luncheon: Expanding Civil Rights” held at Charlton Methodist Hospital.

Race, civil rights in the un-United States of America

The understandable attention being focused on differing attitudes among Whites and Blacks toward law enforcement authorities in the wake of decisions by grand juries in Missouri and New York not to indict White police officers for killing unarmed Blacks ignores ...